Deputy District Engineer, Programs & Project Management
Joseph J. Seebode is an Environmental Engineer with more than 30 years of experience in engineering program management, water resource engineering, environmental restoration and remediation, solid waste management, natural resource protection, watershed planning, emergency preparedness and response, and federal and state regulatory programs. He currently serves as the Deputy District Engineer for the New York Office of the US Army Corps of Engineers where he manages a diverse team of engineers and scientists in administering programs investing in military construction, civil works and regional infrastructure improvements.
His experience includes being Program Manager for the multi-billion dollar deepening of the Port of New York and New Jersey to 50 feet, and managing the development and execution of a comprehensive environmental restoration strategy for the New York/New Jersey Harbor Estuary. As Deputy District Engineer, Mr. Seebode oversees the New York District’s major Civil Works and Military Construction programs in New York, New Jersey and Greenland. He also oversees the New York District’s International Interagency and Environmental Services Program, which is performing work for various partners including the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the City of New York.
Mr. Seebode served as the Assistant Commissioner for Site Remediation and Waste Management at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. There he oversaw a team of over 650 professionals engaged in a wide array of environmental engineering and science activities including evaluating contaminated sites; managing the cleanup of contaminated sites conducted by responsible parties and with public funds; managing the State of New Jersey’s Brownfield’s Reuse Program, implementing New Jersey’s Industrial Site Recovery Act and the Underground Storage of Hazardous Substances Act; undertaking emergency activities related to discharges of hazardous substances and wastes; managing solid and hazardous waste permitting and planning; reinvigorating recycling; and overseeing New Jersey’s program for permitting dredging and dredged material beneficial reuse sites. Earlier in his career, Mr. Seebode managed the Corps of Engineers Regulatory Program in the New York District for 13 years and was the official Corps liaison to the City of New York in the wake of the September 11th World Trade Center tragedy where he provided technical guidance and expertise during emergency response and restoration activities.
Mr. Seebode has Bachelor and Master Degrees from Manhattan College in Riverdale, New York. He has been recognized as the Civilian of the Year for the US Army Corps of Engineers and recently received the prestigious De Fleury medal for engineering excellence. He has also received the Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the Department of Army Civilian Award for Humanitarian Service, a Presidential Certificate of Merit, the Department of Defense Environmental Engineer of the Year Award and a Heroism Award given by the Governor of the State of New Jersey.